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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Erebus Sequence 1) - Den Patrick

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Erebus Sequence 1) - Den Patrick

Title: The Boy with the Porcelain Blade

Lined and dated signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Den Patrick

ISBN:  9780575133839

Weight:  835 g



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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick

Lucien de Fontein has grown up different.  One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game.  Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted – but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the ‘insane’ women kept in the haunting Sanatoria.

Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors.  We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.

An ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Mervyn Peake and Robin Hobb.
An original and beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters.

Peer & Press Reviews

This is a rollicking tale of feuding families, vendettas, politics, deception and rivalry… The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a rich and satisfying novel, and a surprisingly assured novel from this relatively new writer.

SFF World

It is a fast paced novel, economically layered but deceptively detailed.  I found the character descriptions and locations exceptionally realised as I flew through the story in what felt like shared real time

Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet International

Den Patrick is an extremely talented author, creating a detailed and complex world that is effortless to read.

Ed Fortune, Starburst Magazine

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Erebus Sequence – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page

Line 1: ‘Some habits die hard.’ – Lucien

Line 2: ‘Despair has its own calms.’ Dracula – Bram Stoker

Dated: 21.03.2014
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Gollancz
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780575133839
ISBN 10: 057513397X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 321
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 161 x 32mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: Jet Design
Jacket illustration: Alejandro Colucci

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